Tanks, on 22 April 2012 - 07:03 PM, said:
God. Can you imagine this topic back in the 90s? SONIC 2 RUINS THE SPEEDY GAME PLAY OF SONIC 1 LOOK AT MYSTIC CAVE ZONE. HOW DARE THEY MAKE ME THINK BEFORE I ACT.
You sir are stupid.
If anythign Sonic 2 is TOO FAST. LOOK AT CHEMICAL PLANT MY GOD.
I am hyped for sonic cd though. It totally looks like yu gotta explore everything if you want to do good, and those backwards springs are awesome and don't mess up flow. Sonic is totally a platformer first and speed second.
No but seriously, Sonic games have always (except 06, because that's barely a game.) rewarded the player for being stylish, and using their speed well. That's why there's a time bonus to begin with. If you weren't fast you didn't get a high score, but also, if you weren't good you didn't get a high score. Rings and killing enemies were just as important for getting a good score. That's also why the perfect bonus exists. Even Sonic CD, which I honestly dislike, rewarded the player for speed. It showed speed down to the millisecond, and had a time bonus. Even if it was about exploring(terribly crafted levels with absolutely no flow) it was about doing it fast, because Sonic is fast. That's what makes him cool. That's why he can run so fast he travels through time.
That's why in SA2 you get points for light dashing.
That's why in Sonic Heroes there's a speed character.
It feels good to go fast through a level and it feels better to do it well at the same time. I think colors and generations managed to catch this well, and even unleashed did. Once you get to know the werehog, even his levels can be pretty fast... Well, except Eggmanland, but still. Most of them are the length of non-glitched runs of Rooftop Run. That's pretty crazy. Not to mention the daytime levels. Sure, there's a HUGE speed bonus, but have you noticed that the fastest speedruns don't get S ranks because they still skip enemies and don't get as many rings? Yeah.
I think colors felt slow mostly because you usually had to stop and think while playing, and because the boost isn't as fast. Sonic's top running speed without boost is about the same in Generations, so really, that's about it. If you're good at air boosts and stomps, you can do the platform-heavy levels fast.